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Student Prizes

Association for Medical Humanities

Annual Conference – June 27-29 2018

Medical University of Sofia




What might these symbols have to do with health ?

This year’s conference theme is how humanities may help patients and their health carers rise from the ashes and defeat their shadows. These two evocative symbols have been in use from antiquity to modern times and are closely associated to ideas of disease, suffering and death. Amazingly, both symbols across various cultures turn out to have potentially positive connotations. The shadow may offer an opportunity for overcoming weakness through self-knowledge and determination. Ashes can mean resurrection, a new beginning.

The Conference is organised by the Association for Medical Humanities (AMH), based in the UK, and the Centre for Language Training and Students Sports (CEOFVS) at the Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria (MUS). This is the second Conference of AMH outside the UK and it will be providing a focal point for those interested in developing the medical humanities as an interdisciplinary study and practice.


Submissions are invited on the theme of the conference


  • The history of medicine and healthcare • Medical ethics • Medical anthropology • Literature, poetry and medicine • Visual and performed arts and the body • Representations of illness and treatment • Communication in health care • Religious/ spiritual perspectives on health • Sociology of medicine • The caregiver/patient relationship • Healthcare architecture and design • Disability studies • Medicine and the law • Globalisation and healthcare practices


Submission Deadline April 15th 2018   Notification Date April 30th 2018


Prize :  The prize winners will receive free membership of the AMH for one year and will be able to attend the entire conference free of charge (conference fee) and will get the opportunity to demonstrate their work at the conference.


Prizes Categories: essay (no longer than 1000 words), presentation, visual art (any genre), poster

The prize of conference fee includes:

– visit to all the conference sessions

– conference materials

– certificate

– catering

  • cultural program in Sofia

Requirements:  Each submission should reflect the title and one or more of the themes of the conference and be accompanied by a brief explanatory background [not longer than 300 word]. No submission should have won a previous prize Do not include your school on the submission.


Please, send your contribution to:

Dr Vassilka Nikolova

Senior Lecturer, MUS

Head of the Organising Committee

of the 2018 Medical Humanities Conference